Unparalleled breadth and quality postgraduate programmes across all major disciplines

University College Cork

University College Cork (UCC), located on the south coast of Ireland, is set on 42 acres of picturesque wooded grounds and is only a 10-minute walk from the vibrant Cork City centre. 

Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, it was voted Sunday Times University of the Year three times in the last decade, was Ireland’s first five-star university (QS Stars), and was the first university in the world to be awarded the Green Flag for Environmental Friendliness.

UCC has over 21,000 students from over 104 countries. With over 3,400 students and one third of our staff from oversees, UCC is a true place of international learning.

Postgraduate study

University College Cork offers an unparalleled breadth and quality postgraduate programmes across all major disciplines. There are over 200 postgraduate courses to choose from across our 4 colleges:

Our postgraduate courses include taught and research Masters programmes, PhD programmes & professional doctorates. Programmes are offered on a full-time or part-time basis. We are proud to have one of the highest postgraduate employment rates in Ireland with 95% of UCC graduates entering into employment after their studies.

Find out why UCC could be the right choice if you are looking to take that next step.

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Research & Innovation

UCC prioritises research in areas that are significant at the highest international levels.  These include, UCC’s research in food and health, photonics and perinatal medicine is recognised as world leading. Several of Ireland’s top research centres are based in UCC. These include the Tyndall National Institute (microsystems, photonics, nanotechnology) and the APC Microbiome Institute (alimentary health, functional foods), both recognised as global leaders. The Environmental Research Institute conducts research on climate action, a sustainable society and the circular economy. 

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Unparalleled breadth and quality postgraduate programmes across all major disciplines

State of the Art Facilities

UCC's vibrant and open campus has plenty to offer students.  We have a total of 50 Clubs and 110 Societies offering more than 4,000 events annually.  UCC boasts a state of the art sporting facility, the Mardyke Arena, and sport plays an important role in connecting students and engaging with the wider community. 

The new Hub at UCC, creates an innovative and inclusive social dynamic at the centre of the campus which facilitates learning communities, networking, student interaction, internationalisation, and student friendly service provision.

We offer a dedicated accommodation service for our students including an online search engine, Student Pad.

Student & City Life

Voted the Best Student Experience in 2020, international students can immerse themselves in the rich social and cultural experience at UCC. Cork offers students all the advantages of a bustling, vibrant and cosmopolitan city while retaining a small-town familiarity, and UCC students can navigate the city on foot with ease. The city and university work well together in providing students with a rich academic and extracurricular experience. Cork is known as the Food Capital of Ireland. The “Lonely Planet” summed it up nicely when they wrote that “Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork”. The city is also located along with world famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ whilst its airport is a true gateway to Europe.

Funding & Scholarships

University College Cork awards 1,000 scholarships and bursaries annually to domestic and international students, across all areas of study.  In partnership with our generous donors we provide substantial academic and financial support to students studying at the university. From recognition of academic achievements or athletic performance, to support for unique challenges and experiences, UCC offers scholarships for students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and abilities. Take a look at the range of university, government and privately funded scholarships offered to you here.


Voted the safest campus in Ireland and one of safest in the world. There are five purpose built student apartment complexes run by UCC Campus Accommodation, all situated within walking distance of the main campus.

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Unparalleled breadth and quality postgraduate programmes across all major disciplines

Engineering (12) Medicine (26) Information Services (20) Creative Arts & Design (9) Nursing & Health (27) Law (22) Social Work (32) Sociology (33) Biological Sciences (4) Food Sciences (15) History & Archaeology (19) Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Communication & Media Studies (7) Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Politics & Government (30) Business & Management (5) Agriculture (1) Environmental Sciences (13) Education (11) Chemistry (6) Economics (10) Anthropology (2) Psychology (31) Computer Science (8) Linguistics & Classics (23) Finance (14) Mathematics (25) Geology (18) Veterinary Sciences (35) Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (16) Theology & Religious Studies (34) Philosophy (28) Geography (17) Physics (29)

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Key to UCC’s success is Cork University Business School. This is not just a business school, it is an approach to Life in business and the direct application of learning in the knowledge based economy – a school that is ideal for study, research and industry-led work integration. At Cork University Business School, we don’t compromise on ensuring that we are, and are recognised to be, one of the most forward-thinking research-led business schools in Ireland – if not the world.

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